'Family Ties' Star Meredith Baxter To Marry Girlfriend Nancy Locke

11/12/2013 10:27 am ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016
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"Family Ties" star Meredith Baxter is set to marry her longtime girlfriend.

TMZ reports Baxter obtained a marriage license from a Beverly Hills, Calif., courthouse Friday to wed her partner, Nancy Locke.

The website reports invitations have already been sent out, but the wedding date is unknown.

The 66-year-old actress played Elyse Keaton on the popular 1980s sitcom. She was married three times before announcing she is gay in 2009.

“I am a lesbian and it was a later-in-life recognition,” she revealed on the "Today" show that year. “Some people would say, well, you’re living a lie and, you know, the truth is — not at all. This has only been for the past seven years.”

“I got involved with someone I never expected to get involved with, and it was that kind of awakening,” she added. “I never fought it because it was like, oh, I understand why I had the issues I had early in life. I had a great deal of difficulty connecting with men in relationships.”

Baxter and Locke have been dating for seven years. In 2011, she told Oprah Winfrey that she didn't know how coming out would affect her work and she was scared. Despite those trepidations, she described her relationship with Locke as the "healthiest" she's ever had.

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